When you do cliche photos, why are they cliche? Just because others have taken similar shots in the past, does that mean it is a cliche? We were discussing photos one day, of the kitchen, I thought I would like a shot of my pot rack, but my friend said no that would be a cliche how about the inside of a box grater, is one good and one bad? Is one better than the other?
When we produce similar images to those that have been done in the past, we learn from this, by not being an original thought is that a cliche? This is not necessarily copying something or someone, it's not plagiarism but a method of studying, learning, and growing. These methods are how we develop our eye, our sense of style.
Is this an eternal question, how to be new to come up with something different, better, newer, shinier, bolder, more in your face?